According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are looking at starting pitching upgrades, namely in the form of Blue Jays’ right-hander Marcus Stroman. The list alluded to most likely includes the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, Rangers’ Mike Minor, and Tigers’ Matthew Boyd.
#Dodgers, recognizing lack of impact relievers available, also are considering starting pitchers, including #BlueJays’ Stroman, sources tell The Athletic. Such a trade would result in LAD moving current starter to bullpen. @TheAthleticMLB
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2019
With trade target Jake Diekman now with Oakland and off the market, the change in strategy makes a little more sense for the front office.
Stroman, 28, is in the midst of a solid season with a 2.96 ERA. The issue is that Stroman is posting just a 19.3 K% and is arguably not much of an upgrade over Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda.
Stroman could benefit from a change of scenery, but an acquisition of a guy like Noah Syndergaard would make more sense for the club.
The Dodgers do need bullpen help regardless, and while it is believed that they will get it, the need may be indirectly address through the acquisition of a top-tier starting pitcher.
This is also a thought:
If the Dodgers were able to get a deal done for Noah Syndergaard, it would protect against the potential departures of both Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Something to keep in mind.
— Daniel Preciado (@DanJPreciado) July 25, 2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill are free agents at the end of this year.